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A Unicorn Hits The Streets

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Imagine working on a vehicle on and off for twenty years? Sounds a little crazy right? Well life happens, and once life happens to you, you start to realize how one year can quickly slip into several.

James is an Ontario minitruckin’ OG and twenty years ago he took his truck off the road for an overhaul.

Though it took, perhaps quite a bit longer than expected, he did managed to get the truck done this year.

Additionally it’s played and on the street and he plans to make up for 20 years of the truck being off the road by driving it as much as he can.

For a truck started twenty years ago, it doesn’t really look dated at all.

The gunmetal paint and simple chrome was a great choice to give the vehicle longevity. Wild paint is nice, but tends to age quite fast.

In a switch on the norm James’ truck also rides on a Pro Hopper set up, not, bags. Pretty cool to see and something a bit different.

His truck being back out on the road makes me very excited for Northern Showdown that’s rolling into town August 25th at Country Heritage Park In Milton Ontario.

Man In Motion

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I’m sure you all have noticed that Stance Is Everything hit a bit of a lull last month. As the tumble weeds blew by the front page I was caught in a bit of a personal, or more accurately professional, whirlwind.

As I alluded to when I shared photos of Mike Livia’s Apache, I’ve decided to ramp up my freelance endeavours for 2018. I am doing this in part to pay for Project Why Wait –hey, I’m honest if nothing else– but also because I love producing automotive media and all the experiences that come with it.

Automotive Customization 2018: Nothing Is Sacred – Speedhunters.com

Meeting new people, seeing new projects, learning more about automotive niches, I’m in for all of it. Each article I write, or photo I take, just sends me deeper down the rabbit hole.

Now nearly ten years deep I’m eager to continue down following the hole all the way through to Wonderland.

Spec’d Right: A Perfectly Balanced Silvia S15 – SpeedHunters

In the time I’ve been clacking these keys I’ve learned that while I thoroughly enjoy writing here, I love the challenge of writing for new audiences. Writing about hot rods one week, drift cars another, and whatever else may follow the week after that isn’t easy, but it helps me grow as content creator.

It also makes me a bit more versatile within the industry, and it’s a skill I’ve used to unlock a couple of doors I assumed un-pickable. One of the achievements I most recently unlocked is an official spot on the Speedhunters roster.

To say I’m stoked to be joining one of the largest online automotive publications in the world is an understatement. I’ve been chipping away at this goal since 2014 and finally, finally, it’s a reality.

I can’t speak to everything I’ll be doing at SH just yet, but I hope that each of you who read, like, comment, and share my posts here will do the same to the ones I write over there.

Diamonds Are Forever: Mid-Engined, Hot Rod Diamond T Truck – Rod Authority

Doubling down on good news, Canadian Hot Rod Magazine has also given me some more rope to do features and Rod Authority is also interested in more Canadian content.

Don’t worry, as busy as I get elsewhere I’ll always keep the porch light on here. Stance Is Everything is my home, it’s where I can be unfiltered, and it’s where I’ve forged plenty of long-lasting friendships.

So, thanks for sticking around and hanging with me as I see where 2018 and beyond takes me.

Yes this means I’ve missed another Theme Tuesday.

WTF Friday: Falcon Punched

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The creativity of individuals when presented with a bushel of lemons never ceases to astound. Skyler Bethel had single owner, low km 1964 Ford Falcon roll into his shop and usually that would be a good thing but that wasn’t the case with this bird.

This particular Falcon has a tree fall on top of it creating significant damage.

Unsure of what to do with his twisted metal the owner sold the car to Skyler on the cheap.

Skyler parted out what he could of the car, but kept the running gear because it had quite a bit of life left in it.

Starting with he drive line, he made an interesting sort of transaxle out of the motor, a very short drive shaft, and the transmission.

A lot of creativity, a coil spring, and some square tube later and Skyler was one tractor seat away from a very custom trike.

He built the car, or bike, or whatever it can be registered as, in a mere 18 days. It’s mostly completed but he plans on finishing up the handle bars a bit better and adding some more tasteful tail lights.

For 18 days work of work though, this trike isn’t all that much to scoff at. Probably won’t win any beauty pageants but imagine it’s one hell of a drive.

Guest Blog: 5 Reasons Why The Nissan Silvia Is Good For Drifting

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The Silvia has been one of Nissan’s flagship models since the mid-1960s, so it has a long and prosperous legacy to support its current reputation as an icon of the industry.

Over the years its success has been bolstered by its popularity in the drifting community, both in Nissan’s native Japan and in other countries around the world.

But why is the Silvia such a good choice for drifting and what about the range has helped to sustain its prominence for so many decades?

Ubiquity
One factor of drift cars which is consistent across all of the most commonly chosen models is that they are widely supported in the mainstream automotive market.

In the case of the Silvia and many of its rivals, such as Toyota Celica, the widespread availability of parts and spares means that upkeep is inexpensive. There’s no need to scour the internet for costly spares and aftermarket add-ons; both official and third party components are offered affordably and in significant volumes.

This ubiquity also helps lower the barrier of entry to the subculture of drifting. Almost anyone can snap up a second hand Silvia, then get to work to convert it into a dedicated corner conquering dream machine without breaking the bank.

Newcomers who need a guide to help them get started can read up with a drifting 101 guide to find out all they need to know about this internationally recognised pastime.

Solid Stock Setup
Even before any additional parts have been fitted to the Silvia, it has the advantage of being a fun vehicle to drive and drift in its basic state.

This is especially true of the S14 generation, which first touched down in 1993 and took the range forwards in a number of ways. A lower ride height, a wider footprint and a more planted wheelbase helped make it easier to handle and also raised its profile amongst enthusiasts.

All of this comes together to deliver a compelling behind-the-wheel experience that does not require any specialist knowledge or under-the-bonnet tinkering to put a smile on your face.
Of course people who get serious about drifting will want to take things further. But it is nice to know that the Silvia and its offshoots like the Nissan 200SX can provide a firm foundation for excitement on the road or the track.

Rear Wheel Drive
It might not be obvious to the uninitiated, but the one requirement that a car needs to be able to drift is rear wheel drive.

Sure, you can technically drifting in a front wheel drive car, but this is only achievable if you
deliberately install low-grip tyres at the rear so that the back end is liable to kick out in the corners.
Even four wheel drive pickup trucks can be drifted, but that doesn’t mean that they should be.

The Silvia is a rear wheel drive range, with improved suspension and exceptional distribution of weight across all four wheels, especially with the most recent S15 generation vehicles.

Of course older Silvia variants have also had a major impact on the world of drifting, so people looking for a capable performer which has a bit more retro charm might consider the S12 or the S13 worthy of some attention.

Once again the diversity of the range, as well as its extensive history, helps it to maintain relevance today.

Interestingly the traditional drifting trend for Japanese imports being preferred by fans is gradually changing.

Drifters from Nissan’s homeland are ordering in cars from America and Europe, which
shows that the ebb and flow of fashion can influence people just as much as the technical benefits of a particular model.


Styling

There’s only so much technical prowess that a car can bring to the table in order to win over the drifting community; in the end a lot of its success or failure will be determined by whether or not it looks cool.

The Silvia and its derivatives have street cred by the bucket load, thanks to a combination of their innate aesthetics and their appearances in pop culture. From anime classics like Initial D to Hollywood franchises like Fast & Furious, there are a large number of influential shows and movies that have featured this range in one form or another.

Aggressive styling has always been a calling card of the Silvia, while the increasing width of the bodywork and the opportunity to augment it with aftermarket kits has also been key to its enduring popularity.

Modifiability
Lots of cars can potentially be turned into drift machines, but the Silvia is one of the few that is so readily modifiable in a way that doesn’t suffer from a steep learning curve.

A lot of the mechanical elements are relatively straightforward, especially on earlier generations, while a wealth of third party components designed for drifting can be purchased affordably and installed with relative ease.

That is not to say that a complete novice can get to grips with tweaking a Silvia from day one. It is simply a case of recognizing the comparatively accessible nature of the platform. So for beginners and experts alike, the Silvia is understandably seen as the savvy drifter’s choice.

Theme Tuesdays: Recently Viewed – June 2018

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It’s July, school is out (which honestly doesn’t affect me much yet), the weather is hot, and realistically we’re all trying to squeeze the most out of what will probably be a quick summer.

I know I flat-out missed last week’s Theme Tuesday, and I’ll elaborate more on why later this week, but in the meantime enjoy some of the latest in automotive video.

YouTube and Facebook remain the sources for this month, but with Instagram throwing their hat in the long form ring I might have to see what’s in that space for next month.
















Event Coverage Drift Jam 2018 – Good Vibes

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Imagine: you’re sitting under a tent cold drink in hand and a plate of barbecued food on your lap. Aside from the tire smoke, there’s not a cloud in the sky and there are cool cars and smiling faces as far as the eye can see.

Sound like a good time? Well then, welcome to Drift Jam the brain child of Devo Dunbar and Jover Papag.

With drifting being arguably more popular than it as ever been, several local, here today gone tomorrow, outfits have tried to cash in. The problem is most of these ‘new’ events are just copies of longstanding events with little changed beyond the name.

They are held at the same venues, have the same cars, and follow the same formula.

Devo and Jover, each well-respected members of the Ontario drift community sought to change that by focusing on high quality participant and spectator focused events.

At the same time they don’t take themselves too seriously, and want to have a good time doing it.

As a result the “Good Vibe” mindset they project carries from entry gate to put area.

For their first event the pair managed to find one of the last venues in Ontario that has never held a drift event.

Gamebridge, which is traditionally a go-kart track, opened their doors to full size cars for the first time this past father’s day.

Since the venue was new to 95% of the drivers (Drift Jam did hold a small test day prior) nearly everyone was learning to drive the track. This was particularly exciting as a spectator because it was fun to see how different drivers approached learning a new venue.

The format was roughly five and five, five drivers for five laps.

This rapid fire format was enjoyed by drivers, spectators, and media alike. It meant there was next to no down time on the track.

Organized, magnificent chaos is perhaps an accurate description.

For an inaugural event the vehicle turnout was incredible and it seemed like each lap had a new car.

Most of the cars were also equal parts function and form. There was no show at this particular event, but several of these cars could have easily doubled as show vehicles.

I love seeing cool cars sideways and in that department Drift Jam certainly didn’t disappoint.

Again Devo and Jover, through a pre registration process, ensured there would be a good mix of cars and drivers.

The overall elevated quality of builds at Drift Jam meant that it was a hard event to choose favorites.

However there were certain cars I made a point of take a closer look at after watching them slide by. 

This red flared 3 series wagon was the amusement ride of the event. Fit with four racing seats there was a near constant line of spectators waiting to go out for a rip.

The car is the creation of Drew McLean, it’s got a 2JZ under the hood and a pile of fabrication work everywhere else.

Another car I had to find from the second I heard it roar past was a hood-less S14. LS swaps are not uncommon in the s-chassis community but this is the first LSA swap I’ve seen performed locally.

As a whole the car was very well done, and with all that power on tap the owner had no problem hanging with any group he was placed.

Before we get back to action photos there are two more cars I’d like to give a bit of a closer look at. The first being the ‘Nocturnal Terror’ from Montreal.

Take every crazy modification you can think of from Japan, dial some back a hair, and others all the way up, and you’ve got the Nocturnal Terror.

A car that’s impossible to miss it attracted a lot of attention.

People seemed to be particularly enamored with the interior so I had to take look for myself.

Inside I was greeted by the extreme contrast color palette you see above. You’ve got to respect someone who’s willing to take an extreme aesthetic all the way through to the end.

Of course, he didn’t bring the car to just have it lay about in the pits. He was out there all day smoking rubber with everyone else.

The car I kept returning to most came by way of Team Proceed, a crew of drivers out of Chicacgo.

Proceed brought their A-Game with the owner of this Supra stepping things up a notch showing up towing a trailer.

In the year’s I’ve been doing SIE I can count the number of MK3 Supras I’ve seen outside of a show venue on one hand. And none of them have ever looked quite like this.I hope Proceed comes out to the next round because while I got some photos of this car I don’t think I’ve done it proper justice, just yet.

An Ontario OG in his own right Pat Cyr was slaying in his ae86. It was a lot of fun to watch Pat drive outside of a competition setting.

He’s the kind of driver that doesn’t really hold back and in no time he was trying to link the entire track.

I’m not sure if he got it, but it was fun to see him try.

Though I wasn’t able to stay for the entire event, I think I speak for everyone when I say Thank You to Jover and Devo for the work they put in to make Drift Jam great.

I don’t think there’s a single person who attended that won’t be back.

If you want to check out the next one (and you should) visit driftjam.ca

A note to the driver’s if you are curious if I have a photo of your car please comment below.

Chances are pretty good I have one even though it’s not posted here. Being such an open venue I couldn’t help but shoot darn near the entire time I was there, far, far too many photos for a single post.

Motor Monday: Nashty

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Taking things back to Detroit Autormaa 2018 with this week’s #Motor Monday feature. Housing quite literally the best cars of the entire show, the front hall of Autorama isn’t exactly

However if you bring something unique, you’re going to turn a few heads.

A Nash Ramber Country Club is quite the unique car and while I’ve seen a couple modified Nash’s I’ve never seen one quite like this. Even among the prestigious Great 8 finalists this car respectfully held its own.

Straight out of the gate it’s one of the lowest Nash Ramblers I’ve ever seen and that is care of a Chris Alston Chassisworks Chassis and Ridetech Air Ride suspension.

Inside, the interior has been done in red leather and is complimented by the same deep PPG paint the exterior is bathed in. In the dash are the original gauges that have been modified by Classic Instruments.

While impeccable chassis and interior work make a great car, they don’t make a #motormonday worthy car. So what makes this car special? An LS1 dropped squarely between the fenders.

The 5.7L v8 sees an 8 Stack Inglese Injection system, Billet Specialties front drive, and matching B.S. valve cover. Mechanically it’s got a Comp Cam and a 700R4 transmission behind that’s connected to a Ford 9 Inch fit with a 4:11 posi.

Billet Specialties also handles the wheels that are almost completely hidden under the body. The entire car was built and painted by Dennis Quin who owns the car with his wife Cyndi.

It’s making the show circuit rounds currently but this is a car I truly hope gets enjoyed. It’s too sweet not to cruise!

Theme Tuesdays: Nissan Pulsar (EXA N13)

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Story time; when I was a young lad of an impressionable age a woman on my street drove a ’89 Nissan Pulsar. If memory serves it was white, and the envy of all the other moms on the street.

Roughly a 7 or 8 at the time I was just getting into cars and I distinctly remember really liking the rear taillights f the N13. The rounded diagonal cut outs were memorable simply because they were different.

She had the car up until about the time they all vanished from the streets. Seriously, I can’t think of the last time I saw one, and I’ve never seen one at a show.

Obviously I took that as a challenge and tried to find as many modified N13 Pulsars (EXAs to the rest of the world) that I could.

@arbuzzz43rus lives in Russia and has a really awesome looking N13.
Perhaps that is where they all ended up
I’m going to be honest wth you I had no idea these interchangable sport backs existed until about a year ago @swapcustoms owns this one
It seems the sportback might have utlived the cars because most of the ones I found on line had one
@exa.takahashi‘s car is super period correct and pretty clean
Little bit of OG style on those Gold wheels, those wheels couldn’t be original X1 turbo wheels… could they?
Pulsar on Work Lead Sleds, doubling down on rarity.
I really, really, wish I could remember the instagram handle of the owner of this car. It’s in Japan somewhere and if I recall full of audio
@habacchi2782’s Instagram is full of wild cars, and the occasional Pulsar
@undergroundstyles.us has been holding it down recently with Pulsar posts
He managed to find this one on wires

If you know of more cool Pulsars I 100% want to see them, I feel like man fell into a black hole never to be seen again. Or you know, rust got them.

Mofo Jones To Sir Jones

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Friends often joke that I remember every car, and its owner in Ontario. This isn’t true of course but I do have a pretty good memory about the vehicles I really like.

There are a decent amount of C10s in Ontario but one that has always stood out in my mind was plated Mofo Jones. Matte red, with Mickey Thompson tires stuffed under the rear it had a unique style.

It wasn’t the lowest C10, but it has plenty of character and attitude.

The first time I saw it was at Tim & Brenda’s car show in 2015 I think saw it twice in 2016, and Northern Showdown and Cars and Coffee.

In addition to the truck being memorable the owner isn’t the type of guy you forget either. He’s almost always in glasses, and usually walking a rather large dog.

At the most recent Cars and Coffee he showed up sans dog and in what looked to be a freshly completed C10.

A little Instagram lurking revealed that he’s replaced his red C10 with the silver one below.

Shane is clearly a man with good taste, because his new truck is even better than his last.

It’s fairly subtle at first glance, but you can tell a lot of time was put into the details particularly the fit and finish.

I quite like the brushed trim and bumpers. Photos don’t really do it the greatest justice, but it is a very nice touch. I’m not the only one who likes it either, it recently took home best of show at Vanfest.

Since I didn’t get a chance to speak to Shane I don’t have any real details about this build. Hopefully I get to see it again soon, and maybe, just maybe, take a few photos of it.

Until then consider this post to be a tease, sorry!

WTF Friday: The Honda Ranger

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Building a vehicle isn’t easy. Believe me I know, and building a vehicle that veers sharply off the beaten path is even harder. When it comes to following in the foot steps of others Andrew Myers clearly isn’t the type. The proof of this lies in his “2000 Honda Ranger XLT”.

This truck has been floating around Facebook — and causing huge debates– for a while and I was waiting to see if it was going to get a bit more complete before posting. However earlier this week Andrew reached out on Instagram confirming that this is essentially the trucks final form.

From a straight up visual stand point it’s clear as day this truck is unique and also very low.

The truck is static, and features a very significant stock floor body drop. Usually a stock floor body drop of this significance would result in a motor sticking out of the hood, but in this case Andrew side-stepped that by pulling the factory motor from between the fenders.

Today the truck’s power comes from behind the cab.

Using some creative engineering, and seemingly whatever metal he had laying about the shop, Andrew has installed the entire front cradle of a Honda (I can’t quite tell if Integra or Civic) in the back of his Ranger.

Reuse was the name of the game here with Andrew re-purposing as many stock parts as he could. I’m not going to lie it’s a fairly clever way to create a rear engine vehicle, considering that as far as the drive train components are concerned it’s still in a Honda.

He was even able to use the factory cooling system, hoses and all. The braking system of course had to change along with the wiring harnesses on both the Honda and Ford sides of the fence.

The motor swap isn’t what has most people up in arms about this truck though. It is the execution.

Simply put it looks like it shouldn’t work. Several people also questioned the engineering merit of the entire truck and said it won’t drive a mile. Currently the truck is Andrew’s daily driver.

Executing a lofty idea like this from start to finish is an accomplishment in itself so hats off to Andrew for seeing this through to the end.

No matter what anyone says he figured it out all on his own.

Of course time will tell if the naysayers are right and this truck really is a rolling accident waiting to happen, or if Andrew pulled a fast one on us and actually created a vehicle that will last a long time.

If you want to take a look at how this truck came to be, ask questions, or simply tune in to see if it’s going to explode you can check out the Honda Ranger Facebook page.

A lot of me is wondering what the truck would look like if Andrew pulled it off the road and put his mind toward building it cleanly. In this photo below he proves he is fully capable.

He seems to have no desire to execute to that level on this truck though so we can leave this as one of life’s many great “what ifs”.

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